EN on Herbs

February 1999 Issue

Yohimbe Tree Bark: Herbal Viagra Better Gotten By Rx

Long before Viagra, there was yohimbe, derived from the bark of the West African tree, Pausinystalia yohimbe. Valued as an aphrodisiac in folkloric medicine for centuries and widely used in Europe for the past 75 years, yohimbe is said to stimulate sexual appetite and enhance performance in men. Can it really perk up a sagging love life? What It Might Do: Small amounts of yohimbine, the active compound in yohimbe bark, increase

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